Following in the footsteps of the great American painters before them, a group of young realist artists will travel to Paris this May in 2017.  They will copy in museums, learn from curators and educators in the field, and paint together as they study pictorial composition and humanities, with the goal of reaching the next level of mastery in their work. Organized and lead by Sean Forester and Vanessa Rothe.

There is a need for this voyage.  It has been noted that there is a lack of training for advanced figure composition in American art schools and ateliers. This has left a gap at the top layer of learning for American artists, perhaps causing them to shy away from creating large scale multi-figural works. The Paris Seminar is intended address this.  The value of being in front of masterworks, examining their strokes, and taking notes on their successful compositions first hand is the utmost of importance for artists to observe how they put theory into practice.  The Paris Seminar hopes to create artist camaraderie, to share vision and inspiration, as artists have done in Paris for generations.

Paris Seminar Academic Director Sean Forester, a classically trained artist who studied at Cambridge University and the Florence Academy of Art, will be leading seminars on group composition and a three part discussion on art and humanities, along with his partner Vanessa Rothe, a Fine Artist/Editor/Curator who honored in French Literature at USD and fine art at Laguna College of Art and Design. Rothe will add to the group composition discussions touching on ‘atmospheric perspective’ for figure and will discuss important literature & art that was created in Paris at the turn of the century, as well as include contemporary Paris ‘art world’ representatives to confer with the group.  Iliya Mirochnik of the Repin Academy,  Ryan Brown and other professionals in the world of art will offer additional notes. The program will include curated visits to Paris museums and the Ecole des Beaux Arts. A historical lecture by Dominque Sennelier 3rd generation chemist and art supplier of Sennelier colors in Paris since 1887, will teach about the history of art tools and materials. The group will benefit from a fine lecture by Peter Trippi head Editor of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine who will speak on artists working in multi figure composition today. The group will meet and paint at “LA GRANDE CHAUMIERE”, a famous studio near the Luxembourg Gardens and Montparnasse where such greats as Picasso, Cezanne and Modigliani met and painted together often.

The invited 2017 Paris Seminar artists include: Ryan Brown, Jeremy Lipking, Michelle Dunaway, Casey Childs, Olga Krimon, Katie Whipple, Brendan Johnston, Iliya Mirochnik, Alan J Lawson, Richard Greathouse, Nicolas Martin, Sean Forester, and Vanessa Rothe. Sampling from schools such as the Florence Academy of Art, Grand Central Academy, California Institute of Art, Golden Gate Atelier, and Laguna College of Art and Design, each artist has exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the US and abroad.